Charles Lands Wisla Road Win At Bourges

19.02.2013

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

31. Tina Charles (Wisla Can-Pack)
Tina Charles produced another MVP-worthy performance as Wisla Can-Pack dug out a three-point win

Tina Charles came up trumps in crunch time with three points in the last four seconds to inspire Wisla Can-Pack to a dramatic 57-54 EuroLeague Women play-off win at Bourges Basket.

In an incredibly nervy and intense struggle, Charles made the game-winning basket with a jump-shot with just four seconds remaining, to drive a dagger through Bourges hearts, before capping the victory with a free-throw.

Charles finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, although much of the best work, especially down the stretch, came from Polish playmaker Paulina Pawlak.

Without the injured Cristina Ouvina to share the point guard spot, Pawlak had to work hard to contain FIBA Europe Player of the Year Celine Dumerc.

Offensively, she made two big plays in the closing minutes to keep Wisla in front, whilst her compatriot Justyna Zurowska scored with a one-handed hook shot with just over a minute remaining, to make it a two-shot game for the first time since early in the final quarter.

That proved decisive as Wisla needed their four-point cushion as Bourges tied the game up via Dumerc with four seconds remaining.

However, from the inbound pass by Pawlak, it was Charles who became the hero for Wisla by making the big shot.

Bourges had led early, 20-8, but once Wisla worked to establish a foothold in the game, it always looked like a contest which would go down to the wire.

Pawlak had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists whilst Emmeline Ndongue had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Bourges.


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